Passed over the Rainbow Bridge 6/18/2012

I am sure many of those involved with Shorewood remember a beautiful little dog named Leah who came into Rescue in 2008.  She was a total mess.  She had all the signs of neglect.  Elaine B worked hard to bring her back to good health.  She was adopted twice and returned.  The second time in bad shape again. Once again Elaine worked her magic and got her healthy.  I decided to adopt her since I had the time to take care of her properly. The first time I heard her wining, I thought I had made a mistake.  But she turned into a wonderful pet. Sometimes she would just stand in front of me and stare at me.  I wondered what she was thinking. Leah particularly loved her walks.  She didn’t just walk, she strutted like she was on a runway saying “look at me”.  She attracted a lot of attention because she was such a beautiful dog and she would greet everyone when she was out.  Leah lost her battle with kidney failure and I decided to leave her strut across the Rainbow Bridge so she would no longer have to suffer.  I will miss seeing her sit on the back of the couch and looking out the window.  She will be missed.  Rest in peace Leah, you deserve it.

Elaine Z.

Leah [ADOPTED DECEMBER 30] is an 8-year-old female who came to us from a Wisconsin shelter where she was surrendered by her owners. To be very frank, she was a mess. Her ears were badly infected and she was constantly scooting across the floor. She did this to the point that she rubbed her rear end raw.

We initially assumed she had allergies and did testing on her. Leah is allergic to cigarette smoke so can not be place with smokers. Although she showed some allergens it did not seem to be enough to cause the behavior we were witnessing. After a while it became obvious that Leah’s itching, scooting, whining etc was behavioral. If she is stressed she reverts to this behavior. We have found that Vitamin B complex tablets (usually sold to humans as stress tabs) really help. In a stable home the time where she is most likely to be stressed is feeding time. Intially we would have a big round of itching and whining. She now will just bark if the food does not come soon enough.

Anyone who chooses to adopt Leah must understand this and absolutely not allow an overzealous vet to give her steroids. Too many vets think steroids are the answer to everything. They dispense them without any regard for their damaging side effects. There is no doubt that they drastically effect urine production and in many cases have a very negative effect on the pancreas. Steroids have their role in veterinary medicine but one should determine if the positive effects will really outweigh all the negative effects.

Leah is a very sweet dog who does well with all other animals and humans. She is housetrained. We have never had the need to crate her. Her ears will probably always be a problem and must be continually monitored.